When it’s cold enough to zip up your hoodie and put socks on in the house, it is an excellent sign to fire up the furnace too; this is not the right time to realize it’s not working. Before the first cold day arrives, relieve any extra stress of the season by making sure your furnace is winter-ready.

  

Professional Service Advice

Having a professional check your furnace at least once a year will ensure your HVAC system is functioning to the manufacturer’s warranty specifications.

 

  • Check electrical wiring
  • Check valves for leaks 
  • Check and clean the pilot burner
  • Check and lubricate the blower motor
  • Check and test that the furnace is at peak operating efficiency
 

Air Filter Advice 

It is recommended by the EPA to change the furnace filter every 30 - 60 days or once a quarter, depending on your living environment. If there are allergens or pet hair and dander in the home, you should replace your filter more often. A screen with dust and debris can damage the furnace components and restrict airflow.

  

Thermostat Advice 

After turning it on, test it. Is heat engaging? You may need to replace the batteries. If that doesn’t fix it, then it could be the power going to the thermostat. If it is not the breaker switch or a fuse issue, then it’s time to call a pro to check the system. 

 

Air Ducts Advice

If your air filters get dirty quickly and someone in your home has a compromised immune system, or if you’ve recently finished an extensive remodeling project, you may need to have the ducts cleaned. If you do not, once you turn on the heating system, dust or debris in the vents will blow around.

 

Hubbard Heating & Plumbing will keep your heating system maintained with regular professional tune-ups that can reduce wear and tear. We can identify failing parts in need of replacement before they become a severe problem. A tune-up alone may instantly improve energy efficiency by up to 30%. Our team of trained professionals will get your system running like new again, and can help answer any questions about the process along the way. Give us a call today at 607-532-4739 to schedule your fall furnace tune-up, or visit our website to learn more about the services we offer and how we can help you.

 

Sources: 

https://www.hometips.com/diy-how-to/thermostat-test.html

https://www.familyhandyman.com/diy-advice/tips-to-get-your-furnace-ready-for-winter/